I suppose I shouldn't be shocked, but I got message undelivered notifications from the three State email system address above. Here are alternative contacts for those Senators.http://www.toihutchinson.com/contact-toi/ http://www.senatormartinsandoval.com/in ... contact-us http://www.senatorjohnsullivan.com/index.php/contact-us
I hope everyone is writing them. Even if all you do is write "Please oppose SB3316"
Here's my letter...
I’m writing to you in opposition to SB 3316, commonly known as the “Earn-A-Buck” program, that has been referred to the Agriculture and Conservation committee in which you sit. This proposed legislation would require deer hunters to take two antlerless deer prior to being eligible for an antlered deer permit.
I am a hunter, whose family has a long hunting tradition, not unlike many hunters across the State of Illinois. In so, I have taken great pride and responsibility in teaching my children the traditions of hunting, and we have chosen a way of life in which we feed our family in great part by the taking of game. We haven’t purchased beef in almost ten years, and eat venison as our sole means of red meat.
My son harvested his first deer at age 8 and my daughter at age 11. They are very proud to be a part of supplying our family with nourishment, and they have learned the responsibilities and discipline that go along with hunting, the use of firearms, and being self sufficient. And while our family mostly harvests does, there is always the anticipated reward of shooting a buck that comes with deer hunting.
Unfortunately, at ages 14 and 12, today’s world does not provide us for the time and means for my children to harvest 3 deer in a year. Therefore, the “Earn-a-buck” program would effectively prevent them the opportunity to take a buck as their reward for their participation in hunting, providing for our family, and being good stewards of conservation.
Likewise, I’m sure there are hundreds of hunters across the state of Illinois that never take three deer in a season. This legislation prevents them from experiencing the rewards of harvesting the great whitetail buck as well. I can only imagine eliminating such a reward will have negative effects on the amount of hunters that chose to participate, and I fear the declining hunting community cannot sustain these kinds of obstacles.
Illinois already has a two a year limit on antlered deer. During archery season, Illinois has unlimited antlerless tags available over the counter. If doe to buck ratios and herd populations is the conservational desired affect behind this proposed legislation, I suggest that the same thing can be accomplished by simply making unlimited antlerless tags available during the firearms seasons as well.
Again, I ask you to oppose SB 3316, and I look forward to hearing your response.
Live to Hunt, Hunt to Live.